The response to the photos of the Red Velvet Tie-Dyed Cheesecake from Walt Disney's Pop Century Resort was unanimous: we want the recipe! Short of tracking down the pastry chef and begging, getting the exact recipe might be a challenge. Fortunately, the components of the recipe are simple. It has a red velvet cake layer at the bottom instead of a more traditional crust and once it has been baked, the cake is topped with a cheesecake mixture and baked again. The colors in the cake are all produced with food coloring, including the red velvet cake layer. The best way to start here is by using a boxed cake mix, but if you cannot find a red velvet cake mix, buy a white cake mix and add 1 ounce (1 bottle) of red food coloring to it. It is sure to be a hit at any child's party and will probably be very popular at a party for grown-ups, too. Here is the recipe:Tie-Dyed Red Velvet Cheesecake
(adapted from 101 Things to do with a Cake Mix)
Red Velvet Crust:
1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix (or white cake mix with red food coloring), prepared according to box directions.
Pour 1/2 of cake mix into a greased 9-inch springform pan and bake according to the directions on the box for a 9-inch layer cake. Discard extra batter.
Allow cake layer to cool completely in the pan. Set aside.
16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and almond extract until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then add in sour cream.
Divide mixture into 5 small bowls and add the following colors to each one: pink, yellow, blue, green and purple. Pour batters onto cake base in the 9-inch springform pan. Do not swirl too much, so the colors will be clearly visible.
Bake 35 minutes, until the center is just about set when you jiggle the pan.
Allow to cool completely and refrigerate before serving.
Run a knife the cake to release it before removing sides of pan.